One of our promising young bands is releasing their first album very soon! Madam Adam's self-titled debut LP, Madam Adam, comes out April 5, 2011.
South Carolina’s Madam Adam is a band that comes off as remarkably earnest and genuine—equal parts melody and intensity—likely because its main inspiration is real, down-to-earth rock music. The band, with the help of producer Skidd Mills (Saving Abel, Sick Puppies, Skillet), has taken cues from ‘70’s AM rock, Seattle grunge and even jazz theory. You’ll find the end product is as exciting as vocalist Scott Gould’s distinct, inviting croon.
Both he and guitarist Drew Reindollar know when to shred and when to hold back, with bassist Kenny Varner locking into the grooves laid down by drummer Matthew Reindollar, both adding some extra flash. These guys are great musicians, but they maintain a supreme focus on the song itself rather than showing off.
Single "Sex Ain't Love" is a fun, rocking track with a sense of humor. Matthew's drums were recorded and put through tape in an effort to recapture tones that have been lost on modern records. "Our approach to making this record was inspired by our love of Smashing Pumpkins and old Nirvana albums," says Gould. It's hard to believe the guys in Madam Adam have played together for over a decade, considering their relative youth. But they had a head start, assembling in middle school in South Carolina and managing to maintain the same lineup from the very beginning.
"We were pretty angry punk kids," Gould says. "But we started taking music theory on Saturday mornings. We could only pay the guy like $20 a session, and sometimes we didn't even pay him, but he kept teaching us. Our music progressed from three chord punk stuff to the more elaborate. We studied jazz theory. We found our own way to rock."
With a palindrome for a moniker, Madam Adam is a band for the people. If you're in love, in lust, broken-hearted, scraping by 9-to-5, this is your band, and Madam Adam is your record.
Flying the flag for a new kind of melodic rock, Madam Adam benefit greatly from the musical closeness they've developed as players, perfectly in sync in the rehearsal space, in the studio and on the stage, where they perform with a certain fluidity other acts their age have yet to master. "I've heard horror stories about people in bands getting upset when their idea isn't used, but when we write, we say what we feel," says Gould. "But we're a tight knit group. We’re brothers."